Nigerians back Sheikh Nuru Khalid for suspension for ‘anti-government’ sermon
The Muslim cleric in the sermon had criticized the government for the killings in Nigeria, advising Nigerians not to vote for leaders who cannot guarantee the safety of life and property in the 2023 general election.
The imam, in the sermon, had hinted at some measures that the electorate should devise if the authorities failed to protect their lives.
He said, “The Nigerian masses should resort to one term which is – protect our lives, we will come to vote; let them kill us, we won’t go to vote, since you only know about elections”.
However, in the message of the senator Saidu Muhammed Dansadau the chairman of the mosque’s committee, sent to the BBC Hausa Service, the committee suspended the embattled imam for his sermon which he considered “inciting public outrage”.
The statement said, “I inform you that you have been suspended from leading prayers in the Apo Legislative District Mosque from today, April 2, 2022, until further notice.
“The decision was taken from the Friday inciting sermon you delivered on April 1, 2022; where you advised people not to vote in the 2023 general election unless politicians answer some critical questions.
“You should have advised them to reject those who transgress the Almighty and violate people’s social contract as well as the state.”
Many Nigerians praised the imam for speaking truth to power, however, the Apo Legislative Quarters mosque’s governing committee accused Khalid of ‘inciting’ the electorate against the politicians.
Some Nigerians on social media condemned the mosque committee’s action, calling the suspension “oppression”.
While calling for the reinstatement of the imam, they urged Khalid not to be intimidated.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Apo Mosque Committee has reversed its decision on the suspension of Sheikh Nuru Khalid.